Well luckily most people won't ever encounter a leopard seal to begin with. Although this is a great and touching story, one that presents a different
side to these animals, we must remember that they could potentially kill a human being, and that is not something one should leave up to chance. Well
I suppose it is like diving with sharks, or something of that nature...There is always the possibility of something going wrong, because generally
these types of animals wouldn't display such friendly behaviors.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that one shouldn't read this and then assume these animals are harmless. Granted, there have not been many human
deaths from leopard seals that I can remember hearing about, but remember that most animals are instinctually driven. Sharks bite people because of
this instinct, a feeding instinct, as would a leopard seal, or any other such creature.
Even in this case, the seal wasn't feeling warm, fuzzy emotions. She was having a biological or instinctual response of some sort. Similar to that
which a mother may have for her young. Even dogs, which are highly domesticated animals, seem to have emotions, but we have to realize that most of
what they do or feel is still based on instinctual drives. The dog whisperer guy makes that clear if you've ever watched his shows. All animals are
this way, even humans, although we've developed beyond a purely instinctual society because we are highly intelligent. Or some of us are at least,
Again, still a great story though. I really wish there was a video of this encounter. Some have mentioned that the guy could be making it all up, and
I suppose that is true. It wouldn't be the first time something like this has happened. Especially since all we have are still pictures, which could
be interpreted in various ways, and not necessarily the way he presented them. The camera he had looks like a video camera does it not? Does anyone
know for sure? Do you think a video exists? If so, will it be released?
If he had a video camera, certainly he would have done more than take still pictures. So if the video is never released, I would start question things
a little more. But for now I will say that he is probably telling the truth. It is hard to know what the animals are thinking, although we can assume
there is some instinctual drive at work, but he could very well be correct in her attempting to feed the guy, like she would her offspring. That is
what I think happened, if this story is true. Maybe she wanted to adopt him as her baby. Maybe she recently lost a baby or something. Stuff like this
has happened in the animal kingdom in the past.
edit on 4/18/14 by JiggyPotamus because: (no reason given)